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Old 26th April 2020, 08:36 PM
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Default Mine is! - and getting better all the time: Happy 100k anniversary to Amy 🎂🎉

Four and a half years on, and only just run in 🤗. Objectively a much better car than when it was new - faster, safer, goes further and better to be in: and still on the original set of brake pads

Lots of memories and adventures to date, with many more to come.

A definite keeper - just like Herman and my 20vt Coupé👌.
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Autos Autos everywhere...
(1) Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very, very fast... But not as fast as Ian's - or Mark's either now
(2) 2003 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Ebony Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times annual winner of Best D2 1st prize forum trophy
(3) Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
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Old 20th May 2020, 06:57 PM
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In answer to the original question ...

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Are Teslas any good?
Hell YES!!



I still have the D2 S8 but it's now resting inside my business unit. At 18 years old and 10 years of ownership, it was getting too old to run as my daily company vehicle (or rather, parts were becoming too difficult to source quickly). Plus I'm 50 this year, so I figured it was time to treat myself to a new toy!

So last year I started thinking about what to replace the D2 with. I came very close to buying a D4 S8 Plus a few times, but as a company vehicle it made no sense from a tax perspective. Also, the Model S is waaaaaay quicker!

Then about 6 months ago I started considering a Model S, partly due to the tax incentives (not to mention the free unlimited super-charging). The Model S is a bit long in the tooth now, and probably due to be superseded in the near future, but the Model 3 and X just didn't appeal to me. Also the Model S is still the quickest Tesla currently available (2.3sec 0-60mph)!

So I started the order process ... then COVID happened! I kept postponing the order until a couple of weeks ago and eventually took delivery (of my first ever brand new car) on Monday

Haven't had chance to drive it much yet (only about 40 miles so far) but hell it's quick!!!
And I mean neck-spappingly quick! In fact (and I never thought I'd say this) but it might actually be too quick!

And, despite the rather spartan interior (compared with similarly priced vehicles) it's a very nice place to be. Comfortable, quiet and a smooth ride.
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2002 FE S8 Ebony Black Pearl
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Cars Owned:
The Tesla Era: 2020 Model S Performance Ludicrous+ (present)
(Black, with all black premium interior and carbon fibre décor, 21" sonic carbon twin turbine wheels and FSD capability)

The Audi Era: '97 A8 4.2 (Ming Blue) --> '96 A8 4.2 QS (Dark Green) --> '02 FE S8 (present)
The Citroen Era: '84 BX 1.6 RS --> '89 BX 1.9 DTR Turbo --> '94 XM 2.0L Turbo --> '96 XM 2.0L Turbo Exclusive --> '00 Xantia Activa 2.0L Turbo
The Banger Era: '76 1.2L Lada VAZ-2101 (Ruski Fiat 124) --> '80 1.7L Morris Ital HL, finished in Ermine White and Rust

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Old 20th May 2020, 08:24 PM
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Default WooHoo!

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Autos Autos everywhere...
(1) Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very, very fast... But not as fast as Ian's - or Mark's either now
(2) 2003 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Ebony Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times annual winner of Best D2 1st prize forum trophy
(3) Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.

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Old 20th May 2020, 08:38 PM
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Very nice Mark, had thought of going down this route myself until the double whammy of IR35 and CV19
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Old 20th May 2020, 10:33 PM
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Now that is one very shiny car.

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In fact (and I never thought I'd say this) but it might actually be too quick!
Never! A bit like Jeremy Clarkson saying the Ferrari F12 had too much power.

Enjoy... when we're allowed out again.
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My DIY jobs - Replaced alarm horn, Replaced Coolant Temp sensor, Updated RNS-D firmware, Installed Reversing Camera and Digital TV, Dashcam Installation, Retrofitted Rear Blinds, Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror, Chrome Boot Struts

Sold! 2008 S8 D3 5.2 V10 - Engine: BSM, Gearbox:KLW, Colour:LY7F Suzuka Grey Pearl Effect, Interior:Black/Black with Silver/Black valcona leather with carbon atlas inserts, Bang & Olufsen, Heated windscreen, Soft-close doors, TV, DAB, AMI, Quad Zone, Auto Boot, Auto dim Mirrors, Keyless entry, PDC with rearview camera, AFS II Headlights

My DIY jobs - Fan Jet Windscreen Washers, Retrofitted Electric Side Blinds
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Old 20th May 2020, 10:41 PM
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Nice..... Another Model S joins the A8 fold....

Another Tesla has joined the forum recently too - but its not my news to share ;-)

I'm still actively looking to sell on my Q7 and pick up either another model 3 or a model S. The company car incentives are so far off the scale, its verging on insanity not to......

No tax disc now - they are exempt from luxury road tax and I now have my smart charger set to only charge it when my octopus agile tariff is less than 4p / kwh.

For some basic maths, that makes the Tesla cost about 1.5p per mile to run.... and that's enthusiastic B road driving.... :-)
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The Family Project Wagon - 2006 Q7 4.2 FSi Sline. Black. Full leather, Tech Pack (Sat Nav, MMI High, CD Changer, Audi Parking System plus, Auto Boot, Colour DIS), Load Pack (Tow bar, Securing Rails, Luggage Mat, Net Partition), Phone Prep Low, Bose, DAB, TV Tuner, Front seat memory, Seat heating x 4, Side Assist, Auto Dim mirrors, Double Glazing, Privacy Glass, Rear Side Airbags, Xenon Plus, Electric Steering column, Folding tables, Panoramic Sunroof, Running Boards, Alcantara Headlining, Quad Zone, Leather armrests

Daily 2019 Tesla Model 3, Midnight Silver Metallic, Full Performance with AWD and Long Range

Standard Kit (In Audi Speak): Quattro, PDC with Reversing camera, (Completely) Keyless entry/start, Electric memory seats Steering wheel and Mirrors with easy entry, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assist, D3 Bose Equivalent Audio (imo), Fixed Panoramic sunroof, Auto dim heated memory folding dipping mirrors, Hi beam assist, LED headlights, 20" Alloys, Coming home lights, Auxiliary heating (and cooling), remote boot release (front and back), DAB radio, side assist, lane assist, heated seats x 5, dual zone climate control, tyre pressure monitoring, red brake calipers

Buy yours here and get us both 1000 free supercharger miles: Tesla.com

Octopus Energy. Use the Agile tariff for seriously cheap overnight EV charging, or other things.... At times, the cost goes negative - and you get paid to fill up ! Sign up with this link and we get £50 each


The First 20 Audis:

2001 D2 4.2 QS Silver, 1997 D2 S8 Silver, 1999 D2 4.2 Silver, 2002 D2 S8 Dolphin Grey,
2003 C5 RS6 Blue, 1998 D2 S8 Black, 2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue, 2003 D3 4.2 Ming Blue,
2005 B7 S4 Blue, 2006 D3 3.0 Tdi Black, 1999 D2 4.2 Silver, 2003 D3 4.2 LPG Crystal Blue,
2000 D2 S8 Silver, 2007 3.0 Tdi Q7 Black, 2009 B8 S4 Black, 1998 D2 S8 Agate Grey,
2006 D3 4.2 Tdi Blue, 2006 D3 S8, 2007 Q7 3.0 Tdi, 2006 C6 S6,

The Second 20 Audis:

2011 A7 Sline, 2001 A2 1.4 Tdi Black, 2002 A2 1.4 Tdi Silver, 2006 A8 4.2 Tdi Blue,
2007 4.2 Tdi Q7, 2006 S4 Cab Silver, 2010 RS6 Saloon Black , 2007 TT Roadster,
2010 A8 D4 4.2 Silver, 2006 C6 A6 2.7 Tdi Quattro, 2000 D2 4.2 QS/S8 Ming Blue (again), 2008 Q7 4.2 Black,
2009 C6 RS6 Saloon Daytona Grey, 2001 Fully Loaded A2 Tdi, 2006 Avant S6 Black, 2007 VW Caravelle Exec Black (almost an Audi)
2009 TT Roadster Daytona, 2015 Q7 4.2 tdi lava grey, 2002 GmbH D2 demonstrator, 2006 D3 A8 LWB 4.2 Tdi Black

Most Recent Audis:

2001 A2 1.4 Tdi Black, 2007 4.2 FSi Q7 ABT Blue, 2016 S5 Coupe Launch model, 2004 S4 B6 Cabriolet, 2016 Q7 Sline White
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Old 22nd May 2020, 01:38 PM
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Congrats Mark.
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2014 A8L D4 4.0TFSI Gold (Sticker says "Beige") Can't leave you in a black smoke cloud anymore..
In progress, Nothing left to do.



Gone 2004 A8 D3 3.0 TDI. Ebony Pearl Black (with little bits of other colours and glitter)
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Old 17th June 2020, 05:19 PM
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Default A BBC article on EVs/Tesla that's actually ok to read...

..for once

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53067009

Battery day is coming
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Autos Autos everywhere...
(1) Tesla Model S: (was 85D, now 90D ). Silent and deadly, and very, very fast... But not as fast as Ian's - or Mark's either now
(2) 2003 D2 S8 Final Edition: Bulletproof and faultless: Ebony Black with Extended (Red!) Leather. Three-times annual winner of Best D2 1st prize forum trophy
(3) Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo: Scots (! ) Green. Fragile, but beautiful.
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